Nigeria: Troops kill eight Boko Haram militants in Sambiza forest
By Mohammad Ibrahim
May 11, Abuja: In what appeared to be a final push offensive operations against the Boko Haram militants still hiding in the Sambisa forest, Troops of 21 Brigade, 7 Division killed 8 Boko Haram militants in the area.
It was gathered that the killings occured on Sunday 8th May 2016 as the troops cleared 4 villages in the terrorists enclave which include Bala Karege, Goske, Harda and the famous Markas 3.
There was no encounter with the militants in all the villages as the Boko Haram militants have abandoned their huts and ran away.
This was contained in a statement released by the Army Acting Director Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman Kukasheka and made available to newsmen.
He also stated that the troops ran into an ambush at Harda village, while advancing but the resilient troops successfully cleared the ambush without any casualty and proceeded with the operations.
"The formation recovered suicide vests and quite a number of high calibre weapons which include; 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Bomb, 18 rounds of 23mm Shilka ammunition.
" 1 Barrel of AK-47 rifle, 1 Extra-barrel of General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 3 AK-47 rifle magazines, metal link of 12.7mm ammunition and a heavy-duty solar panel battery.
"The troops also recovered 10 vehicles and 50 motorcycles belonging to the fleeing terrorists.
" Boko Haram terrorists from another part of Sambisa forest, were reported to have taken advantage of the heavy downpour that occurred to move closer to the troops.
" The troops were very vigilant as they decisively and successfully dealt with the intruders. So far, 2 vehicles were recovered from Boko Haram militants and over 8 Boko Haram militants bodies were counted before nightfall," he said.
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